Monday, 3 October 2016

Active Aging With Exuberance

Organised over two days from 29 to 30 September 2016 at Toa Payoh HDB Hub, YMCA Silver Fiesta 2016 took on an active, healthy ageing approach by encouraging the elderly to participate in exercise workouts, sports and dance to experience a greater sense of well-being.

“Through YMCA Silver Fiesta, we hope to bring cheer to the elderly by engaging them in various activities that are designed to promote the development of a healthier body, mind and spirit. It is also an opportunity for our young volunteers to develop closer bonds, build meaningful relationships and learn from the wealth of experiences and knowledge of our seniors as they take on the role of befrienders. At the end of the day, we hope that the elderly can age actively, healthily and happily within a caring society,” said Mr Lo Chee Wen, General Secretary, YMCA of Singapore.

The event saw over 700 elderly folks from 18 senior activity centres come together for a day of fun.

YMCA mobilised some 600 youth volunteers who interacted with the elderly and assisted at the event. Youths not only were exposed to intergenerational bonding, they were also empowered to become advocates in serving the Silver Community and promote active ageing among the elderly through sports, fitness and dance activities.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.

Highlights of the event included:
Exercise Workout
Mass Dance
Music and Dance Therapy Exercises
Chinese opera
Digital Games booth

The exercise workout sessions incorporated functional exercises which improved the seniors’ ability to complete daily activities. By working out together in the company of youth volunteers, the elderly bonded with both the young, their friends and met other like-minded individuals all while motivating one another in a fun environment. Mr Baey also participated in the workout together with the elderly.

Tan Chin Tuan Foundation is the gold partner for Silver Fiesta 2016.

Click here to view photos of YMCA Silver Fiesta 2016.

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